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The devil is in the details, at least that what it might seem for some brides who are looking for the perfect accessories to wear on their wedding day.

Selecting the perfect veil or headpiece to complement the bride’s wedding gown is not always an easy task.

“Pick a style of veil that will accent the gown,” said Lori Thomas, manager of White Lace and Promises, a bridal shop in Knoxville.

Thomas said that brides who will be wearing a gown that has intricate beading might select a veil that has a little sparkle or beading around the edge. A lace wedding dress calls for a veil that has lace edging. According to Thomas, a popular selection is a veil that is trimmed with ribbon. It is sure to go with any style of wedding gown, Thomas said.

For brides who want to feel like a princess on their big day, tiaras are popular headpieces. They provide a glitzy look that is perfect for an evening wedding. If a bride wants a little sparkle, but doesn’t want to look like she was just crowned Miss America, the headband tiara adds a wow-factor, but isn’t too overpowering.

Not only should brides factor in the beading and detail of the wedding dress when shopping for veils, they should also consider the length and color of the veil.

There are three available wedding veil lengths.

“Elbow length is the most popular,” Thomas said. Elbow length is approximately 30 inches long and can be worn at formal or semi-formal affairs. They also enhance any detailing of the dress around the waist line. An elbow length is usually worn with dresses without a train, but complements a gown with a full skirt.

Another popular wedding veil length is a fingertip veil. It can also be worn at any formal or semi-formal wedding. This veil length, which is around 36 inches, also looks good with dresses with full skirts, but is generally not worn with a gown with a train.

The cathedral length veil is the third option only to be worn with a chapel or cathedral length gown. These veils are challenging to maneuver, so most brides select a fingertip length with this dress style.

Another factor to consider is the color of the veil. With more brides opting for wedding dresses in different hues, the veil choice should complement the gown.

If the bride’s gown is a true white, then a bright stark white veil can be used. A diamond white veil is considered off-white. It is a great choice for the candlelight or antique white gowns. An ivory veil is a soft ivory color with subtle yellow undertones and looks fabulous with an ivory gown. A champagne veil has a slight brown undertone and is the choice for a champagne or dark ivory wedding dress. According to experts, if there is any color variation between the veil and the dress, the veil should be lighter in color, rather than darker than the gown.

According to Thomas, brides are selecting comfortable shoes that will allow them to dance late into the night at the reception. Ballerina flats or strappy sandals with a comfortable heel height are both popular choices for today’s brides.

Also, bridesmaids are choosing strappy sandals with sparkle or glitz, rather than the dyeable pumps that used to be the requisite attire.

White Lace and Promises, located at 10001 Kingston Pike, has a variety of accessories to choose from as well as gowns, bridesmaids dresses, menswear and invitations for a one-stop shopping experience.

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